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Deshaun Watson revels in beating Tom Brady: 'Had to get at least one'

Deshaun Watson revels in beating Tom Brady: 'Had to get at least one'

Deshaun Watson crossed an item off his bucket list Sunday night.

The Texans quarterback became just the second signal-caller this season to earn a win over the New England Patriots, leading Houston to a 28-22 upset over the defending Super Bowl champions at NRG Stadium.

In doing so, Watson notched his first career victory over Tom Brady -- something he was very proud of in his interview with NBC's Michele Tafoya after the game.

"That's the GOAT," Watson said of Brady. "It's special for me -- before he hangs it up I had to at least get one (win). The first two, I was 0-2, he got me, and I had to get this one. So, it was great."

The Texans had beaten New England just once in franchise history entering Sunday night, with Watson taking Houston's two most recent losses: A 36-33 defeat in 2017 and a 27-20 loss in 2018, both in New England.

Watson finally got over the hump Sunday, though, outplaying Brady by completing 18 of 25 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns while adding a six-yard touchdown reception from wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Brady hopes to play a few more years, so the 24-year-old Watson may get another shot at the 42-year-old QB before he retires. But Watson clearly was pleased about slaying the GOAT at least once.

"(He’s been playing for) over 20 years," Watson added in his postgame press conference. "I’m only alive for 20 years, so it’s pretty awesome to finally get one and to just see the love and respect we have for each other."

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Ravens vs. Bills: Week 14 spread, live stream, playoff picture impact

Ravens vs. Bills: Week 14 spread, live stream, playoff picture impact

The New England Patriots are in two different AFC playoff races -- the fight for the No. 1 seed in the conference and AFC East supremacy -- and Sunday's showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills impacts both of those scenarios.

The Ravens look like the best team in the NFL thanks to quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is the betting favorite for NFL MVP. Many football fans and the media have been reluctant to take the Bills seriously so far given their weak schedule. But it's now time to pay close attention to the Bills, whose convincing road win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving was quite impressive.

Here's everything Patriots fans need to know about the Ravens vs. Bills Week 14 matchup.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

Odds (via Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas)
Spread
: Ravens -6
Over/under: 44

Playoff Picture Impact
The Ravens enter Week 14 as the No. 1 seed in the AFC as a result of their Week 13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, combined with the Patriots' loss to the Houston Texans. The Ravens and Patriots have identical 10-2 records, but Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker because of its Week 9 victory over New England. The Patriots need the Ravens to lose at least one more time for the defending champs to take back the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Bills are the Ravens' toughest test over the final four games of the regular season.

Buffalo is only a game behind New England for first place in the AFC East, which is a surprising scenario this deep into the season. The Patriots currently own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bills as a result of their Week 4 win in Buffalo. Therefore, a Patriots loss and a Bills win in Week 14 would still keep New England atop the division, but it likely would also set up a fascinating Week 16 matchup at Gillette Stadium with first place in the division at stake.

A Bills win over the Ravens throws the AFC playoff race into chaos, which would be a pretty exciting scenario for the final three weeks of the season.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu expected to play vs. Chiefs

Report: Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu expected to play vs. Chiefs

The New England Patriots have been dealing with injuries at the receiver position in recent weeks. But the injuries the team's top pass catchers are dealing with shouldn't keep them out against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are expected to have both Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu available for Sunday's key clash.

This was expected to be the case, but it is good that the Patriots don't have to make any game-time calls with their receivers as they had to in previous weeks with Sanu specifically.

Though Edelman has been battling a shoulder injury in recent weeks that has impacted his catch radius, he has still been Tom Brady's preferred target. In the past two games, he has caught a team-high 14 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.

As for Sanu, he returned from a one-game absence last week against the Houston Texans but only managed to catch three passes for 14 yards. He'll be looking to do more against the Chiefs as he continues to get further removed from the ankle malady that caused him to miss the game against the Dallas Cowboys.

With Edelman and Sanu likely to play, we can now shift our focus to the team's other four questionable players, a group that includes Jason McCourty and Patrick Chung.

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